Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Streak-capped Treehunter (Thripadectes virgaticeps)


French: Anabate à tête striée German: Ockerkinn-Baumspäher Spanish: Trepamusgos cabecirrayado

Thripadectes virgaticeps


, 1874,

“Quito”, Ecuador


Genetic data#R#R indicate that this species is sister to the pair of T. melanorhynchus and T. rufobrunneus. Population in E Andes of S Colombia (E Nariño) previously considered to belong to race magdalenae, but probably referable to sumaco; all races in Colombia and Ecuador in need of re-evaluation. Race sclateri may intergrade with nominate in SW Colombia. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. v. klagesi (Hellmayr & Seilern, 1912) – N Venezuela (Coastal Range from Carabobo E to Distrito Federal).
  • T. v. tachirensis Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1958 – Andes of W Venezuela (SE Lara, SW Táchira).
  • T. v. magdalenae Meyer de Schauensee, 1945 – W Colombia (W Andes in S Chocó, E slope of C range in Antioquia and SW Huila, and E Andes in Santander).
  • T. v. sclateri Berlepsch, 1907 – W Andes of SW Colombia (Valle S to Nariño).
  • T. v. virgaticeps Lawrence, 1874 – W Andes of NW Ecuador (Carchi S to Pichincha).
  • T. v. sumaco Chapman, 1925 – E Andes in S Colombia (W Caquetá, E Nariño) and N Ecuador (W Napo).
  • Descriptive notes

    22–23 cm; 61–65 g. Rather large Thripadectes with relatively little streaking. Nominate race has blackish brown face with pale dull buff shaft streaks,... read more


    Song described as series of emphatic notes, “chup, cheyp-cheyp-cheyp-cheyp-cheyp…”. Call a fast,... read more


    Montane evergreen forest, locally ranging into second growth. Mostly 1300–2100 m,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates; also, an Anolis lizard recorded, and other small vertebrates may also be taken. Forages singly or in pairs, rarely... read more


    Active nests in Apr–Aug in W Colombia; nestlings in Jun, Oct and Dec in Ecuador. Presumably monogamous. Nest a shallow platform of... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common throughout range. Occurs in Henri Pittier National Park, in Venezuela, and La Planada Nature Reserve, in Colombia.

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr & de Juana, E. (2020). Streak-capped Treehunter (Thripadectes virgaticeps). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 17 February 2020).